DISCOVERY BAY — A man was arrested and taken into custody after leading the California Highway Patrol on a 135-mile high-speed chase that briefly closed lanes of Highway 4 Wednesday afternoon.
Just before 12:25 p.m., Butte County sheriff’s deputies found and tried to stop the driver of a gray Dodge Magnum that had been reported as recklessly driving in the Oroville area, CHP Officer Charlie Katzakian said.
When the Dodge failed to yield, CHP units took over a pursuit that went onto Interstate 5 south at speeds between 80 and 100 mph in and out of traffic, Katzakian said. The Dodge was able to evade CHP units in the Sacramento area,
Although the driver managed to successfully avoid spike strips at least three times in Stockton, CHP officers continued to monitor the driver via helicopter.
When the driver managed to reach westbound lanes of Highway 4, his continued high speed and disregard of double yellow lines led CHP cruises to back off pursuit. As the driver began to head west toward the Old River Bridge, officers got word ahead to close the bridge.
After reaching the bridge, the driver got out and fled on foot before jumping into the water. He managed to avoid firefighters aboard a Stockton fire department boat, swimming under the boat and taunting those aboard, before officers with the Contra Costa sheriff’s office and the CHP’s investigative-services unit managed to take him into custody, Katzakian said.
The CHP issued a Sig-alert closing all lanes of Highway 4 east of Discovery Bay at 4:10 p.m., CHP Officer Damian Cistaro said. The lanes were reopened at…
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